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TC is Proposing to Open New Public Elementary School

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Nancy Streim

Nancy Streim

A message to the TC Community about the Teachers College Community School

From Associate Vice President Nancy Streim:

I am proud to announce that Teachers College and the New York City Department of Education are proposing to open a new public elementary school for children living in Community School District 5. The proposed school is scheduled to begin with a class of kindergarten students in September 2011. The only criterion for admission is residency in Community School District 5. Students will be selected by lottery. We are pleased to have Ms. Jeanene Worrell-Breeden as the new school leader. She is a highly accomplished and innovative educator who is currently the principal at PS 30 in the Bronx.

The Teachers College Community School will offer children and families an outstanding academic program coupled with community services to support happy, healthy living and learning. TC faculty from across the College have been – and will continue to be – instrumental in guiding the school's development and success. The Teachers College Community School will also anchor a consortium of Teachers College Partnership Schools, established through a recent Memorandum of Understanding between TC and the New York City Department of Education. Starting with six schools, the consortium is expected to expand to as many as 12 schools in northern Manhattan.

Pending approval by the DOE's Panel for Educational Policy at its April 28th meeting, the proposed Teachers College Community School will open this fall at a temporary site within PS 133, located on 5th Avenue at 131st Street, and enroll a kindergarten class with up to 50 students. TC and the DOE are reviewing options for a permanent site closer to Teachers College for the 2012-13 school year.

TC and the DOE will hold a series of parent outreach and information sessions in April, and the lottery is tentatively scheduled for May. Specific dates are being finalized now and will be available shortly.

The Teachers College Community School represents a milestone in our legacy of shaping practices and policies in public education. Launching the new elementary school and establishing the TC Partnership Schools consortium demonstrates our strong commitment to invest TC's expertise and resources in providing quality educational opportunities for children in our community.

The Office of School and Community Partnerships welcomes your inquiries. More information about the school will be posted on the OSCP website over the coming weeks as it becomes available. Visit www.tc.edu/communityschool or email communityschool@tc.edu .


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